Tourist (musician)

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Birth nameWilliam Edward Philips
Born (1987-02-12) 12 February 1987 (age 32)
South London, England[1]
OriginCornwall, England
Occupation(s)DJ, record producer, songwriter
Years active2009–present

William Phillips (born February 12, 1987), also known by his stage name Tourist, is a British electronic musician and songwriter. In 2015 he won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for co-writing Sam Smith's "Stay with Me", along with James Napier.[2][3] Since then, he has gone on to release two full length albums, U (May 6th, 2016) and Everyday (February 15th, 2019) alongside several more EPs. He remains active as a writer, producer, and remixer, including remixing artists like Christine & The Queens, Hozier, Wolf Alice, and Chvrches.



  • U (2016)
  • Everyday (2019)

Extended plays[edit]

  • Tourist (2012)
  • Tonight (2013)
  • Patterns (2014)
  • Wash (2017)


Title Year Album
"Wait" 2014 U
(featuring Lianne La Havas)
Patterns EP
(featuring Years & Years)
Non-album single
"I Can't Keep Up"
(featuring Will Heard)
Patterns EP
"Holding On"
(featuring Josef Salvat and Niia)
2015 non-album single
"Waves" U
"To Have You Back" 2016
"We Stayed Up All Night"
(featuring Ardyn)
2017 Wash EP
(featuring Swim Mountain and Esther Joy)
"Apollo" 2018 Everyday
"Someone Else"
"Emily" 2019
"Love Theme"
(with Shura)
"Elixir" Wild

Songwriting and production credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with: Produced with:
"Stay with Me" 2014 Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour Co-writer Samuel Smith, James Napier, Thomas Petty, Jeffrey Lynne -
"Pieces" Jessie Ware Tough Love Jessica Ware, James Napier
"Hurt Me" 2015 Låpsley Long Way Home Co-writer/Co-producer Holly Fletcher, James Napier, James Draper Låpsley, Rodaidh McDonald, Charlie Hugall
"Arm's Length" Kacy Hill Bloo EP Co-writer/Producer Kacy Hill Stuart Price
(featuring Will Heard)
2016 Dillon Francis Non-album single Co-writer/Producer Dillon Hart Francis, James Napier, William Heard Dillon Francis
"Waterloo" Jones New Skin Cherie Jones-Mattis Tom Skyrme
"Together" 2017 Ardyn Bloom EP Producer - -
"Throwing Stones" Co-writer/Producer Katherine Pearson, Robert Pearson, James Napier Tom Skyrme
"Out of Luck" 2018 Chloe Howl Work EP Co-writer Chlöe Howl -
"Freak" 2019 Avicii Tim Timothy Bergling, Kristoffer Fodgelmark, Albin Nedler, Hachidai Nakamura, Justin Vernon, Rokusuke Ei, Sam Smith, James Napier, Thomas Petty, Jeffrey Lynne -
"That's Me, Just a Sweet Melody" Shura Forevher Aleksandra Yakunina-Denton -



  1. ^ Grammy Winning Songwriter Tourist Is Stepping Out on His Own W Magazine
  2. ^ Leight, Elias (6 February 2015). "Sam Smith's 'Stay with Me' Co-Writer William Phillips Talks Dance Project Tourist, Grammy Nom". Billboard. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  3. ^ Miller, Lindsay (9 February 2015). ""Stay With Me" Grammy Winner William Phillips on Tom Petty: "Our Hearts Sank"". PopSugar. Retrieved 3 October 2015.